Humans are weird.
Even though there's something like a hundred-million possible smoothie combinations to be enjoyed, in my world there might as well just be four. See, I find something I like and I just stick with it, loving it more and more over time. Some examples: food (chickpea salad sandwiches and/or broccoli soup for lunch, everyday, forever), TV shows (Parks & Rec, The Office, Community, plus a few others), books (Harry Potter, start to finish, over and over and over...), my high school boyfriend (turned husband - Hey William! 😉 ), and smoothies (this green one, this chocolatey one, this simple berry-cherry deal, and the one I'm sharing today!) Is this just the whole "humans being creatures of habit" thing or what?
Now about habits, I seemed to have misplaced one of my better ones in 2015. The daily (or at least semi regular) smoothie-drinking habit I'd acquired as a healthyish vegan seems to have vanished, leaving nothing but a dusty Vitamix in its place. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at this, smoothies make me feel awesome. Without my daily (or at least occasional) smoothie, I've been feeling a little bleh. So yeah, I think it's time to pick up the smoothie habit again - thus the inspiration for today's post!
So let's talk about the smoothie that I love so much it's earned a spot as one of my go-to smoothie recipes. First, it's a refreshing alternative to my go-to green smoothie and it still provides a serving of veggies, lots of fruit, a dose of healthy fats and plant-based protein. This one is loaded with carrot, strawberry, peach, pineapple, mango, orange (juice), hemp seeds, and coconut yogurt. It's bright and sunny, it's loaded with good-for-you ingredients, and it's light, not-to-sweet, and just a little bit creamy.
I really enjoy using a frozen fruit mix of strawberry/peach/pineapple/mango for this smoothie. It's a pretty popular frozen fruit blend so you should have no trouble tracking it down. Sometimes they include grapes, they're a nice addition too. You can also use your own custom mix - I've used plenty of variations on this fruit blend and this smoothie always turns out refreshing and delicious! (PS: I use Yoso's Unsweetened Cultured Coconut Yogurt and it is delicious in this smoothie (and yogurt parfaits, oh. my. god.) This post isn't sponsored, I just wanted to let you know about my favourite creamy, not-too-thick, tangy yogurt.)
A fruity, not-too-sweet, slightly creamy smoothie that serves up a dose of veggies and plenty of plant based proteins and healthy fats. Serves 1.
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup mixed fruit (peach, mango, pineapple, strawberry mix)
- 1 large carrot
- 2 tbsp coconut yogurt
- 1-2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seed oil (optional - but SO good)
- ½ tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- Combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
Adjust liquid to suit your preference